Do we rule the city, or does the city reign over us? Are we becoming automats? (In Czech, the word automat means a machine, maybe even an automobile. If, however, it is written as Auto*Mat, it actually means “Check-mate for automobiles”). Searching for answers to questions related to life in the city, civilization in motion, this inspiring, emotional and witty documentary attempts to achieve change. A stylistically diverse film, combining animation, music and home video segments, Auto*Mat protests against the tyranny of cars and automobile traffic. Starting from the simple filming of a road accident that occurred in front of his house, Prague resident Marecek seeks to raise awareness among citizens and victims of the city’s traffic problems. To do so he involves family, friends, politicians and urban designers. Directed by Martin Marecek.
Introduced by Jana Racova, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of the Czech Republic.